Ethics in Medicine / Edition 1

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Ethical questions in medicine have become common topics of discussion during the past twenty years. Bitter disputes have arisen regarding abortion, suicide, human experimentation, as well as the management of the dying patient and the severely disabled newborn. These issues are loaded with such emotion that it is sometimes difficult to look at them in a rational manner.

Noted neurosurgeon and author Milton D. Heifetz has made the tough decisions in tragic, often anguishing situations. As a member of hospital ethics committees for many years, Dr. Heifetz found that discussions of complex issuesmany involving urgent matters of life and deathwere all too often clouded by tradition, dogma, and gut reactions. A comprehensive moral foundation with the flexibility to respond to often rapidly changing circumstances is desperately needed if health-care professionals are to confront head-on the daily questions of medical ethics. Dr. Heifetz offers this moral grounding to help all who must make difficult medical choices: physicians, nurses, patients, families, and policy makers struggling to develop substantive rules for medical conduct.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573920735
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Milton D. Heifetz, M.D. (Cambridge, MA) is attending neurosurgeon at Los Angeles County General Hospital and at Mount Sinai Medical Center, a visiting professor in bioethics at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct professor of law of Boston College Law School.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Acknowledgments 15
1 A Concept of Ethics 17
2 General Problems in Application 39
3 The Doctor-Patient Relationship 45
4 The Right of Self-Determination 71
5 Suicide 107
6 Abortion 123
7 The Tragic Newborn 143
8 Euthanasia 159
9 Human Experimentation 173
10 The Ethics of Medical Triage: Allocation and Rationing of Health Care 197
Summary 213
App. A Discussion of Mastery 215
App. B Discussion of Privacy 219
App. C Example of Durable Power of Attorney 225
App. D Recommendations Regarding Fetal Research 227
App. E The Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research 233
App. F The Foundation of Human Rights 251
Index 253
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